StrategyDriven Enterprises Partners with Xen Wireless to Form StrategyDriven Analytics, a Utility Industry Asset Management Blind Benchmarking Service

Strategy Driven

StrategyDriven Enterprises LLC and Xen Wireless form StrategyDriven Analytics to provide utility industry executives and managers with asset management program benchmarking data supporting operational and investment decisions and fleet and individual plant performance assessments. StrategyDriven Analytics combines StrategyDriven’s industry leading asset management and data analytics experience with Xen Wireless’s information technology and delivery expertise.

2020 Top CHRO List – The People Leaders To Watch

N2Growth Blog

While Chief Digital/Technology Officers or Chief Marketing Officers are often tagged with the innovator label, it is the CHRO who is the real innovator in 2020. Remember, it’s the people and culture who enable technology and marketing success – not the other way around. ?.


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7 Ways to Improve Employee Development Programs

Harvard Business Review

Making the right investments in learning and development programs has never been more important – or more of a challenge – for business leaders. billion dollars on learning and development programs, many executives still grapple with how to improve and enhance their effectiveness. To understand how providers of training and development view these challenges, we also interviewed leaders of executive education programs at several leading universities.

How Cloud Computing Is Changing Management

Harvard Business

Theories and practices of management often spring from the opportunities created by new technologies. Client-server technology begat enterprise resource planning systems, and the consequent system-wide visibility that was required for what we call business process management (BPM). That makes it imperative to start thinking about how management will be changed by the most impactful information technology of our time: cloud computing.

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7 Ways to Introduce AI into Your Organization

Harvard Business

I’m teaching a new course this semester on cognitive technologies (AKA artificial intelligence) to Babson MBAs. Many of them are new to this set of technologies, and seeing the topic through my students’ eyes has made me realize how overwhelming it can be. More complex types of cognitive technology — neural or deep learning networks, natural language processing, and algorithms — can seem like black boxes even to the data scientists who create them.

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Dealing with Change as Your Company Grows

Strategy Driven

Perhaps the technology team want to spend more time developing an upgrade to your product, but the finance team insist the money is better spent elsewhere. In the very early days of your enterprise, especially one in the manufacturing sector, you are likely to have only a few facilities and a small number of maintenance workers and managers. Change Management business management strategydriven

How Employers in Poor Countries Are Using Nudges to Help Employees Save Money

Harvard Business

According to World Bank figures , half of adults in high-income OECD countries save in a formal account; in developing economies, it’s only one in five. In a recent paper , we found that nudging employees to save worked in Afghanistan, one of the world’s least financially developed countries. Savings provide a major flow of capital to financial institutions, and enable consumers to purchase large assets, manage unexpected expenses, and prepare for retirement.

Can Index Funds Be a Force for Sustainable Capitalism?

Harvard Business

Just look at Uber to understand the importance of diversity and product safety or at car manufacturers scrambling to develop a competitive advantage in electric cars as countries seek to decarbonize their economics and fight pollution. It is tough to beat the market and over long periods of time indexing has been shown to outperform most active managers. First, large index asset managers, such as Blackrock, State Street, and Vanguard. Hiroshi Watanabe/Getty Images.

Startups Could Fundamentally Change the Way Big Investors Operate

Harvard Business

Small startup firms are already developing proprietary technologies — such as machine vision, deep learning, and other innovations —– that could help large investors evaluate opportunities and risks with far greater accuracy and efficiency than was previously possible. Research we have collected in recent months shows that pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, and endowments expect imminent breakthrough innovations in investment technology.

Universities Are Missing Out on an Explosive Growth Sector: Their Own

Harvard Business Review

One representative example: April’s Education Innovation Summit , where more than 2,000 people energetically discussed how technology and markets are charting the future of education globally. One outside manager of many endowments I spoke to confirmed to me that there has been “no mandate” from clients to be investing in the future of higher education. “I Those who manage money for higher education, I propose, need to get much more interested in the market they are in.

Can Insurance Companies Incentivize Their Customers to Be Healthier?

Harvard Business

First, a wide range of new technologies and data analytics allow tracking who and what is changing, making it possible to establish individualized targets, remedies, and incentives. Consider the Vitality program developed by the South African insurance company Discovery over 25 years ago.

It’s Time to Tie Executive Compensation to Sustainability

Harvard Business

Meanwhile, new technologies are making it easier for sustainability investments to pay off in the middle to long term. BlackRock, the largest asset manager in the world, recently said , “Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors relevant to a company’s business can provide essential insights into management effectiveness and thus a company’s long-term prospects.” Neasden Control Centre for HBR.

Innovation Is as Much About Finding Partners as Building Products

Harvard Business

The innovation alone is a herculean task, but imagine being that upstart pioneer trying to develop the technology, while at the same time going up against entrenched, powerful competitors with deep industry knowledge, assets, and channels who’ve been around for a hundred years or more. The technology-driven disruption model that brought us computing, the internet, and mobile apps is no longer sufficient. Sponsored by DXC Technology.

How Companies, Governments, and Nonprofits Can Create Social Change Together

Harvard Business

In 2016, socially responsible investing made up more than one out of every four invested dollars under professional management. And recently, the head of BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, called on all companies to explain how their businesses make “a positive contribution to society” beyond just financial performance. Manage people effectively through decentralized teams across organizations. Ilka & Franz/Getty Images.

Why You Should Have (at Least) Two Careers

Harvard Business

It’s not uncommon to meet a lawyer who’d like to work in renewable energy, or an app developer who’d like to write a novel, or an editor who fantasizes about becoming a landscape designer. Subsidize Your Skill Development. And most of my asset manager clients were looking for something different: “Give me a contrarian perspective.”

Seven Ways CEOs and Investors Can Promote the Long Term

Harvard Business Review

They are not interested in hearing about the technological, regulatory, and societal developments that will determine the long-term, strategic positioning of this company.". The board of directors and top management should spend the largest chunk of their time communicating with long-term investors. Globally, these asset owners manage significant sums, exceeding $50 trillion at the end of 2009.

Innovation in Managing Water

Harvard Business Review

Although our short answer was "no," we believe that managing water will become a critical business skill for the 21st century. First, even large companies are carving out new niches to help businesses and communities manage water scarcity. For example, GE's investment in water technologies is well known, and its leadership stems from its ecomagination portfolio of products. Water Resources Management Co. By Andrew Winston and Will Sarni.

6 Ways to Turn Managers into Coaches Again

Harvard Business Review

The role of the manager is currently undergoing a transformation. Historically, managers embraced the role of coach and mentor. Through informal conversations during the commute to work, over a coffee break, or while enjoying a burger after hours, managers passed along crucial information and knowledge about the organization’s culture. This erosion in the role of the manager has not gone unnoticed. Support daily learning and development activities.

Making Sense of the Many Kinds of Impact Investing

Harvard Business Review

According to the Global Impact Investing Network, the market for impact capital, currently sized at $60 billion, could grow over the next decade to $2 trillion, or 1% of global invested assets. Currently, impact can mean anything from venture investments in new health technologies to microfinance loans in Peru; from affordable housing in the US to renewable energy in India; from social impact bonds to private equity funds that create jobs.

Stop Assuming Your Data Will Bring You Riches

Harvard Business Review

Very importantly, they were able to avoid costly technology and implementation programs that would have surely fell short of usage and revenue expectations. In speaking with over a hundred end-users of data over the past year (in Financial Services, Healthcare, Technology and even Nonprofits), I have come to realize that your target customer may not be your traditional customer. Execution Knowledge management “We have a treasure trove of data, it’s highly valuable”. “If

Top 10 Green Business Stories of 2011

Harvard Business Review

From relentless demand for resources to bamboo-like 9% growth to vicious competition for the technologies and industries of the future, China will be the big story for a long time. Increased demand for transparency and its close partners, (a) the quest to define and develop useful sustainability metrics and (b) the growing sustainability data explosion. The best analysis of the resource scarcity mega-trend came from asset manager Jeremy Grantham.

Why Those Guys Won the Economics Nobels

Harvard Business Review

The prizes were awarded “for their empirical analysis of asset prices,” but what the three had been doing looked from the outside less like a common endeavor than a not-all-that-coherent argument. Campbell’s work has also made liberal use of the analytic tools developed by Hansen. So I wanted to see if Campbell could make sense of the prizes and the current state of academic knowledge about asset prices. Economy Finance Managing uncertainty


Top 10 Sustainable Business Stories of 2012

Harvard Business Review

A GreenBiz report indicated that progress had slowed or even regressed, but MIT and BCG also declared that sustainability had reached a "tipping point" with more companies putting sustainability "on the management agenda.". And on the resource constraint front, Jeremy Grantham , co-founder of the asset management firm GMO ($100 billion invested), continued his relentless numbers-based assault on the fallacy of infinite resources.